This evening, I got the news that I have been named "Professor of the Year" for this academic year!
It's pretty dang awesome news.
I had been nominated about a month ago, and part of what made March a busy month for me was that I had to prepare my teaching portfolio for submission to the committee, and had a teaching presentation and interview with the committee as part of their consideration. I felt like I had a strong chance at the award since I felt as though I nailed my teaching presentation and interview, but I also knew that there was a lot of competition for the award, so I didn't want to get my hopes up.
But I got it, and they swear it's not an "April Fools," so I'm dang stoked!
This is an award that is born through student nomination, and their recognition feels particularly meaningful to me this year, and like anyone, I like knowing that my efforts have been appreciated and valued.
Anyhoo, now I get to brag for the next year about being "Professor of the Year" and, best of all, I get a designated parking spot next year, which anyone who's ever parked on a college campus knows: That alone is priceless!